Saturday, March 1, 2014
PERA is Michigan’s version of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). PERA sets basic ground rules that require negotiation of specific labor related matters such as salaries and benefits, but it also excludes certain things from the negotiation process. Disputes that arise based on PERA provisions are governed by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC). MERC decisions may be appealed in court; generally MERC decisions are based on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) precedents.